City of Highland Park Promotes Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
July 1, 2021 – During the summer months, the City of Highland Park urges drivers to be aware of an increased number of pedestrian and bicycle traffic throughout the City. Drivers and bicyclists are responsible for obeying all traffic laws. To keep everyone safe, the Highland Park Police Department encourages the following:
- When riding your bicycle on Illinois roadways, you must obey the same traffic laws, signs, and signals that apply to motorists.
- Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic. Riding in the opposite direction of traffic is both dangerous and against the law.
- Riding two abreast is permitted as long as the normal and reasonable movement of traffic is not impeded. Riding more than two abreast is prohibited.
- Biking on the sidewalk in Highland Park’s commercial zoning districts is prohibited.
- Motorists are required by law to allow at least three feet of space between them and a bicyclist when passing.
- Motorists are required by law to yield to pedestrians in a walkway.
To ensure the safety of all, the Highland Park Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to encourage safety while commuting by vehicle, bicycle, or foot. The Police Department will be promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety by presenting two educational campaigns, including at the City’s National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:00 PM at City Hall and will increase enforcement for the months of June, July, and August.
The Illinois Pedestrian and Bicycle Campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.